What You Need To Know About Septic Tank Pumping


It's estimated that septic tanks are used by over 21 million households living in the United States. Most households are slowly shunning public sewers. Because of this, it's essential to know the basics of septic tank pumping. Here is a simple guide on pumping septic tanks.

When to Pump During the Year

When waste goes through the septic drain, it's held in a septic tank and waits to be pumped. Wintertime renders the ground hard, making it impossible to reach the tank due to ice. The best approach is to pump before winter, although sometimes it's necessary to call on the services of septic pumping professionals even in winter.

To avoid the harsh realities of winter work, get a septic pumping professional during the spring. Septic systems can also be cleared in summer. However, an almost full tank should be emptied before the onset of rains in spring and the consequent flooding. It's, therefore, better to empty septic tanks in summer as the chances of diseases spreading are equally reduced compared to winter or spring.

How Often Do You Need to Pump?

Septic tank pumping varies from one household to the next. To be on the safe side, pump your septic tank every three to five years. If you decide to wait a little longer than three years, ensure you don't go beyond five years before you pump the septic tank as you may experience overflow, which can leave bacterial waste in your yard.

Note when you need to have your tank pumped will be determined by the wastewater produced by your household. The number of people living in the house also helps you decide when to pump your septic tank. The type of soaps, chemicals, and cleaners rinsed down the drain will also determine when to pump. Most importantly, the size of your tank dictates when to pump.

Signs That You Need to Pump

Pooling water is a clear sign you need to pump. Bad smells will also mean that the septic tank needs to be pumped. When you notice sluggish draining, call a septic system pumping service since it's clear the tank is almost at capacity.

Apart from these visible signs, the period between services will guide you. Ask your plumber when to schedule a service if you don't remember the last time you emptied your tank. Don't wait until the physical signs begin to show.  

In Conclusion

Septic systems help with wastewater treatment, cluster systems, and package plants. Sewage disposal and on-lot systems also use septic systems. For more information on your septic tank, consult a septic tank pumping service.


6 August 2021

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!